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Poster: jonc Date: Nov 3, 2008 4:19pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: NONSENSE....

The Jihadist videos have some historical relevance and could be very useful decades from now in studying the violence and fanaticism of the movement. I'm sure you don't watch, listen to or read everything that comes through here; how is it "wasting your time?" Even Ed Wood has a cult following..

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Poster: Dan L. Date: Nov 3, 2008 5:23pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: NONSENSE....

I see that you mean. True - they DO have some value - not much, but I'll grant you the historical perspective (especially politically and socially). Question is: Where do we set the bar?

An everyday example: Does someone getting in front of his webcam drunk and saying what he thinks of Paris Hilton deserve archiving? Maybe, but does it really serve anything? If we are all voyeuristic, ALL the visual content has intrinsic value - I think we're becoming a 'hey..look at this!!' society (Jackass, reality TV, YouTube etc.._ which contributes to the dumbing-down of society. Visuals without purpose, analysis. As a starting point it may be the content of theses, research etc.. someday perhaps

The 'process' of people being able to upload this stuff will surely be of interest in the future, even if the content is banal or pointless...What we thought was of value will surely inform and astound future generations.

Are e-mails of historical value? spam? I suppose that all have some value - someone opening a time capsule would surely be amused at our times, but I suspect they'd also be appalled at our self-centered '15 minutes of fame' nature...

The Jam Handy stuff was created by professionals for a narrow purpose. It is not a true representation of how people lived - just what they were exposed to in film, how they were socialized, marketed-to, etc.... In that sense, all the other stuff we're talking about is perhaps more 'real' than these films. Certainly it tells a lot about a society and era - perhaps more than Gone With The Wind!

Just some food for thought....It's cool to have people talk about their reactions to film/visuals. More posting and details about uploaded films would certainly add to their value - I think the discussions bring about lots of information and context that help the viewer understand what they're watching - it gives an added dimension! Most of these films posted here have no 'director's commentary track' or bonus feature to explain the content.

This is clearly one of the coolest websites and endeavors on the planet. It is a worthy enterprise in a world so devoid of them much of the time.

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Poster: jonc Date: Nov 4, 2008 5:49pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: NONSENSE....

someone opening a time capsule would surely be amused at our times, but I suspect they'd also be appalled at our self-centered '15 minutes of fame' nature...

Did you notice, it was reported in the mainstream media over three weeks ago that NSA linguists have been monitoring private conversations of US soldiers, journalists and aid workers, recording intimate sexual dialogue and sharing it on their computers. The public response? A collective "shrug". There's a general apathy toward privacy in our time, especially in the digital generation. Years from now, when someone asks, "what happened?", they won't have to look any farther than these jihad videos and YouTube relics.

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Poster: Dan L. Date: Nov 5, 2008 1:05pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: NONSENSE....

Hmm....those cunning linguists...

Sorry I couldn't resist :-)

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffNoiseCollector Date: Jan 17, 2009 12:45pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: NONSENSE....

Now that is a good post.

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Poster: Classic_TV_and_Radio_Fan Date: Nov 3, 2008 5:31pm
Forum: movies Subject: Re: NONSENSE....

Plus "Dusty's Trail" got 77 downloads in one day, which proves even crap can have a following!